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Heart failure is a complex set of conditions in which the heart "fails" to pump a normal amount of blood with each beat. This can be due to poor squeezing function (systolic heart failure) and/or a stiff heart incapable of filling normally (diastolic heart failure). Common symptoms include swelling and trouble breathing, particularly when ...Read more
Boyfriend is in congestive heart failure, heart functioning at 5%, pumping fluid off organs now, too weak to survive heart attack/stroke. Prognosis?
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May not happen: Heart failure generally refers to dysfunction in the pumping action of the heart (various types exist). Defibrillation is basically an electric shock designed to "reset/restart" the conduction system of the heart (during an arrhythmia). Heart failure increases risk of arrhythmia, but doesn't guarantee it will happen. Live healthy, follow tx & doctor's recc's , and hopefully it won't happen. ...Read more
CHF, kidney, staph: Patients with a staph infection can have an endocarditis, which affects the heart valves. Once it is on a valve, septic emboli can be sent to other places, the brain, retina, bone or kidney. Those emboli to the kidney can cause renal failure. A damaged heart valve can also cause chf. I would imagine the person you are talking about is in the hospital, perhaps you should speak to her doctor. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Sometimes use both: Dopamine has more affect on blood pressure (raises it). Dobutamine increases heart (myocardial) contractility so it makes the heart muscle beat stronger and subsequently increases cardiac output. They are often used together for people with heart failure and low bp. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Be careful: This is an experimental treatment that is showing a lot of future promise. The overall efficacy and side effects are still being evaluated That being said there are a LOT of quacks out there selling this as a treatment to hopeless patients for a huge amount of money. Don't blow your life savings on one of these overseas clinics, it will be a waste of time/money and dangerous. ...Read more
With congestive heart failure or coronary ischemia would the oxygen saturation shown on the monitor at hospitals drop?
Many rhythms: Patients with congestive heart failure are at risk for several different abnormal heart rhythms, including life threatening and more benign rhythms that can affect quality of life. The most common arrhythmia is called atrial fibrillation - it is treated with blood thinners, medications to control the rhythm, and sometimes procedures. An implanted defibrillator (icd) can protect from sudden death. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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I'm wondering why are congestive heart failure (chf) and acute myocardial infarction (ami) core measures?
Depends: Usually, CHF pts will need to be treated daily for life but there are exceptions depending on the cause of the chf, the severity of the symptoms, and whther there were extraneous factors that caused a flare of symptoms. Please note: if this is about you, chewing tobacco is very dangerous in the presence of CHF (can precipitate dangerous arrhythmias). ...Read more
Closely: Impaired left heart function leads to elevated filling pressure of the left heart and this pressure is transmitted to the right heart creating pulmonary htn, this is the most common cause of pulmonary htn. When the right heart is the primary heart disease it reuslts in the right heart enlarging and pushing into the left heart. This will impair the forward flow of blood by the heart. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Due to risk: Of not tolerating the procedure (dying on the operating table) is the most common reason. Other reasons could be related to other comorbidities including kidney disease or underlying severe respiratory problems, ...Read more
Multiple: Therapy for congestive heart failure can be divided into 3 categories: 1) medications which remove fluid (diuretics), making it easier for the heart pump (afterload reduction), or protect the heart (beta blocker), 2) devices such as biventricular pacemaker is which makes the heart work better, and 3) surgery to repair structural heart problems such as a leaking valve or a blocked coronary. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Names of most suitable ssri antidepressant needed for multiinfarct stroke dementia patient, 67, with minor congestive heart failure, atrial fibrillation, diabetes. Dosage and duration info appreciated.
SSRIs: There is some evidence that ssris help with post stroke remodeling where the brain works on regrowing connections between brain areas that were not killed by the stroke. There is also evidence they help prevent post stroke depression that is very common. Not much reason to think one ssri is better than another. See your prescriber for specific dosage recommendations. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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